Grosses

'American Sniper' Easily Retains First Place with $10.02 Million Friday; 'Project Almanac' Pulls $3.2 MillionJanuary 31, 2015 03:20 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports that American Sniper easily led Friday's box office for a third consecutive week, adding an estimated $10.02 million to its blockbuster haul. That figure is down 45 percent from last Friday and brings the film's total up to $227.1 million through 15 days of wide release -- on par with the pace of The Passion of the Christ and 53 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $30.5 million Super Bowl weekend take.

Paramount's Project Almanac debuted to $3.2 million on Friday. Unfortunately, that falls short of even conservative expectations heading into the weekend. The modestly budgeted (estimated $12 million production) found-footage thriller should land around $8.2 million for its opening weekend.

Black or White debuted to $2.27 million yesterday. Unfortunately, the pic had the disadvantage of opening in a market already featuring Selma as the primary option for moviegoers looking for a drama tackling racial subject matter. BoxOffice projects a $6.1 million debut weekend.

The Boy Next Door was off 63 percent from last week to $2.1 million on Friday. With $20.7 million in the bank through 8 days of release, look for a sophomore frame around $6.0 million.

Paddington took in another $1.94 million on Friday for a 25.5 percent week-to-week drop. With $44 million in the bank, BoxOffice projects an $8 million frame.

The Imitation Game added $1.61 million yesterday, down just 16 percent from last Friday and boosting its total to $64.4 million. BoxOffice projects a $5.3 million weekend.

Meanwhile, The Loft bowed to $1.18 million yesterday. With a late release announcement and very little marketing push, the film was not expected to make a big splash at the box office. BoxOffice projects a $3 million weekend.

Last but certainly not least, Game of Thrones: The IMAX Experience grabbed a strong $686,000 from 205 IMAX locations, giving it a $3,348 per-screen average. As the first television series ever released in the premium format, fans had been driving strong pre-sales over the last few weeks. Comparisons are few and far between, but look for a weekend in the neighborhood of $1.3 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 16 - Sun, Apr. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kick-Ass$19,828,687--3,065--$6,469$19,828,6871Lionsgate
2How to Train Your Dragon$19,633,320-21%3,825-182$5,133$158,251,0664Paramount / DreamWorks
3Date Night$16,720,038-34%3,3806$4,947$48,666,7992Fox
4Death at a Funeral (2010)$16,217,540--2,459--$6,595$16,217,5401Sony / Screen Gems
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$15,385,491-42%3,753-49$4,100$132,600,2203Warner Bros.
6The Last Song$5,962,916-39%2,76793$2,155$50,187,8553Disney
7Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$4,098,898-63%1,859-296$2,205$54,801,8123Lionsgate
8Alice in Wonderland (2010)$3,656,442-31%2,024-506$1,807$324,131,3017Disney
9Hot Tub Time Machine$3,490,471-36%2,308-303$1,512$42,452,7564MGM
10The Bounty Hunter$3,084,020-27%2,475-426$1,246$60,257,7355Sony / Columbia